Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man (2018) is a slim volume packed full with beauty and emotion. It's a story about love - young love, first love, friendship, hidden love, lost love and all the heartbreak that ensues. It's a coming-of-age story of two young boys who find solace in each other after the loss of and rejection from their parents. It's a bittersweet study of loneliness, grief and acceptance.

I love Sarah Winman's poetic writing style, she has a wonderful way of setting the scene, making you feel like you are there with the characters. Her tenderly human portrayal of characters dealing with the AIDS epidemic was so touching. She also has a way with writing about untraditional families. In this case the two boys and the woman one of them falls in love with and marries become a sort of family group. A group she'll have you wishing you were part of, even if it will break your heart in the end.

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